The Best Me: Character Education Middle School Assembly that focuses on attitude and effort


I own my effort!

Jim Basketball Jones’ brings his game to this assembly.  He addresses effort, personal responsibility, choices, respect, kindness and overcoming adversity.  Students are engaged in activity, audience call backs and empowered by inspirational stories.  Jim is so engaging, funny and direct, he will keep your middle school students on their toes for the full hour.  His presentation skills will amaze your staff as they watch how interactive their students are with him.  At the end of the presentation, Jim reveals his personal story of being a Special Ed student and his struggles with dyslexia.  He ties all the personal character traits back into his story of how he went from the special classroom down the hall to graduating number one from college.  This is a powerful assembly about hope, personal commitment, overcoming challenges and just never giving up.


“Thank you for a fabulous assembly on May 4th! Middle schoolers can be a challenging crowd to impress, and yet you did so! Your wit, wisdom & message were well received among students and staff. I’m a huge fan!“


Kari Diaz - Counselor - Almont Middle School - Almont, MI


What your Students will Learn:

  • We Become Our Choices - Our character is a reflection of what we say or do.  Choose to make the right choices and always give your best and that will reflect who you are. 

  • Effort Matters - Through the research of Grit and Growth Mindset, your students will learn the importance of effort and to never ever give up. 

  • Jim's Personal Story - From his personal struggle with dyslexia and his journey through special education to graduating at the top of his class - Basketball Jones is a result of never giving up.   

  • School is FUN! - School is a fun safe place for you to be the best version of yourself.  Be creative and allow others to be the best version of themselves. 


"You are the kid's favorite guest. You have just the right mixture of message and entertainment and your involvement of the audience is wonderful."


Beth Phelps - Principal - Roosevelt Middle School - Newark, OH



This Assembly is Great For:

  • Start of the Year Celebration: Get the year started off right with a fun, engaging, and powerful message.

  • Anti-Drug Awareness - Bring Basketball Jones to teach your kids about making safe and healthy choices.  This program is great for bringing awareness of character to your students. 

  • Kick off Celebration: Implementing a new character program or message? Jim will customize his message to work with any new program or message that your school in implementing.

  • End of the Year Celebration: A great conclusion to another successful school year to have fun with a important message to learn before summer. 


"I have taught for 21 years and have seen dozens of motivational speakers. You were by far the best!!!


Robin Phares - Edgewood Middle School - Hamilton, OH


Which assembly should I choose...

Jim will customize your school assembly to meet the needs of your school.  This is a investment for your students and staff so make it the way you want it. If you like messages for Character Education, but also want to touch on Anti-Bully Education; we are happy to accommodate both.  If you are celebrating Reading month, but would like Jim to share his message on "Applying Kindness", we have you covered. Being able to adjust and customize his message is what makes a Jim "Basketball" Jones school assembly a truly unique experience.